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Exploring Rhythm, Chords and Metre in Dance Music
Dance Music Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
Dance Music (Exploring Rhythm, Chords and Metre in Dance Music) Scheme of Work
Dance Music (Exploring Rhythm, Chords and Metre in Dance Music) Scheme of Work
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Dance Music Knowledge Organiser
Dance Music Knowledge Organiser
Dance Music Knowledge Organiser
Dance Music Music Theory
Dance Music Theory - Time and Metre (Simple Time Signatures)
4-page Worksheet on Beat, Pulse, Simple Duple, Triple and Quadruple Metre and Time Signatures
Dance Music DOITNOW Presentation
Dance Music DOITNOW Presentation
Dance Music DOITNOW Presentation
3-page Worksheet on Simple and Compound Time Signatures
3-page Worksheet on Simple and Compound Time Signatures
Dance Music Plenary Review Activities
Dance Music Plenary Review Activities Presentation
Dance Music - March Music Resources
“Pomp & Circumstance Military March No.1 (Land of Hope and Glory)”, “March of the Toreadors from ‘Carmen’”, “The Dam Busters March”, “Radetzky March” with and without note names.
Dance Music - The Baroque Dance Suite Resources
The Baroque Dance Suite Sort - Pupils sort musical features and characteristics of dances in the Baroque Dance Suite into correct columns.   Contains answers.
Pupils sort musical features and characteristics of dances in the Baroque Dance Suite into correct columns.   Contains answers.
Pupils sort musical features and characteristics of dances in the Baroque Dance Suite into correct columns.   Contains answers.
The Baroque Dance Suite Study Guide A 4-page Study Guide introducing The Baroque Dance Suite, characteristic musical features of each dance and 3 Listening Questions on The Baroque Dance Suite.   Contains Teacher’s Notes and answers.
The Baroque Dance Suite Study Guide A 4-page Study Guide introducing The Baroque Dance Suite, characteristic musical features of each dance and 3 Listening Questions on The Baroque Dance Suite.   Contains Teacher’s Notes and answers.
The Baroque Dance Suite Study Guide A 4-page Study Guide introducing The Baroque Dance Suite, characteristic musical features of each dance and 3 Listening Questions on The Baroque Dance Suite.   Contains Teacher’s Notes and answers.
Listening to Marches - Selection of March Music for listening/moving/conducting
Baroque Dance Suite Audio 1 - Listening Starter Activity
Baroque Dance Suite Audio 2 - Allemande Example
Baroque Dance Suite Audio 3 - Courante Example
Baroque Dance Suite Audio 4 - Sarabande Example
Baroque Dance Suite Audio 5 - Minuet Example
Baroque Dance Suite Audio 6 - Gigue Example
Baroque Dance Suite Audio 7 - Listening Question 1
Baroque Dance Suite Audio 8 - Listening Question 2
Baroque Dance Suite Audio 9 - Listening Question 3
An easy 2-part complete Baroque Dance Suite (Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Minuet and Gigue) which can be put together via different ensembles and then performed as a “class Baroque Dance Suite”.  Pieces differ in ability but all have the characteristic features of the different movements of a Baroque Dance Suite.  Scores given with and without note names.
Dance Music - The Waltz Resources
Oom-Cha-Cha (Waltz Warm-Ups) Waltz Keyboard warm-ups for Right then Right and Left Hands
The Waltz Study Guide A 4-page Study Guide on the background and development of the Waltz including listening questions.   Contains answers.
The Waltz Study Guide A 4-page Study Guide on the background and development of the Waltz including listening questions.   Contains answers.
The Waltz Study Guide A 4-page Study Guide on the background and development of the Waltz including listening questions.   Contains answers.
Waltz Audio 1 - Minuet from Symphony No.41 in C Major (Mozart)
Waltz Audio 3 - Blue Danube Waltz (Johann Strauss)
Waltz Audio 2 - Voices of Spring (Johann Strauss)
Waltz Audio 4 - Waltz Listening Question Audio File
Composing a Waltz Melody Pupils create a melody to a waltz accompaniment using notes of the Primary Chords (I, IV and V) in the given oom-cha-cha accompaniment.
Composing a Waltz Melody Pupils create a melody to a waltz accompaniment using notes of the Primary Chords (I, IV and V) in the given oom-cha-cha accompaniment.
Performing the Blue Danube Waltz Melody parts (including B flat and E flat) and a two-part duet arrangement.
Dance Music - Latin Dance: The Tango Resources
Tango Rhythms Warm-Ups Performing Chords I, IV and V7 in D minor to 4 different characteristic Tango rhythms.  Contains “rhythm counts” to help pupils with the dotted rhythms and syncopation.
Performing Tango Argentino 8-Bar Tango in D Minor for Ensemble Performing with Melody, Harmony, Chords and Bass Line Parts using Chords I, IV and V7. Full Score and Individual Parts with and without note names.
Performing Tango Argentino 8-Bar Tango in D Minor for Ensemble Performing with Melody, Harmony, Chords and Bass Line Parts using Chords I, IV and V7. Full Score and Individual Parts with and without note names.
Chords in Tango Argentino 2-page worksheet analysing Chords I, IV and V7 in D minor (used in Tango Argentino) and D Major (to prepare pupils to create their own contrasting “B” section to Tango Argentino in the Major key)
Chords in Tango Argentino 2-page worksheet analysing Chords I, IV and V7 in D minor (used in Tango Argentino) and D Major (to prepare pupils to create their own contrasting “B” section to Tango Argentino in the Major key)
Composing and Evaluating a Contrasting “B” Section to Tango Argentino Staged compositions task where pupils use chords I, IV and V7 in D Major to create a contrasting “B” section to the given “A” section in D minor using melody, harmony, chords and bass line parts before putting together a performance of Tango Argentino in Ternary Form.   Contains optional evaluation and peer assessment sheet.
Composing and Evaluating a Contrasting “B” Section to Tango Argentino Staged compositions task where pupils use chords I, IV and V7 in D Major to create a contrasting “B” section to the given “A” section in D minor using melody, harmony, chords and bass line parts before putting together a performance of Tango Argentino in Ternary Form.   Contains optional evaluation and peer assessment sheet.
The Tango Study Guide A 3-page Study Guide introducing Tango and Tango Dance Music including Listening Questions.  Contains answers.
The Tango Study Guide A 3-page Study Guide introducing Tango and Tango Dance Music including Listening Questions.  Contains answers.
Tango Audio 1 - Tango Listening Starter Activity
Tango Audio 3 - Bandoneon Solo Example
Tango Audio 2 - Habanera from 'Carmen' (Bizet)
Tango Audio 4 - Libertango (Astor Pizzolla)
Tango Audio 5 - "El Tango de Roxanne" from 'Moulin Rouge'
Dance Music - American Line Dance/Country and Western Music Resources
American Line Dance Music Study Guide A 6-page Study Guide introducing American Line Dance (Country and Western) Music including Primary Chords (I, IV and V) in G and A Major, Listening Questions and a GCSE-style Listening Question on Country and Western Music.  Contains Teacher’s Notes and Answers.
American Line Dance Music Study Guide A 6-page Study Guide introducing American Line Dance (Country and Western) Music including Primary Chords (I, IV and V) in G and A Major, Listening Questions and a GCSE-style Listening Question on Country and Western Music.  Contains Teacher’s Notes and Answers.
Line Dance Video 1 - "Achy Breaky Heart" (Billy Ray Cyrus)
Line Dance Video 2 - American Line Dance in Action
Line Dance Audio 1 - Contra Dance Example
Line Dance Audio 2 - Steel Guitar Example
Line Dance Audio 3 - Crotchet Bass Line Movement Example
Line Dance Audio 4 - Chord Changes in "Achy Breaky Heart"
Line Dance Audio 5 - Listening to Country and Western Music (5 extracts)
Line Dance Audio 6 - Country and Western Listening Question
Performing “Achy Breaky Heart” In the Key of A Major prefaced by a revision of the A Major scale, Chords I and V in A Major and characteristic crotchets bass line patterns.  Contains song sheet with lyrics and chords, melody line (with and without note names), chord patterns, crotchet bass line and full score.
Composing a Country and Western Song for an American Line Dance Staged composition task providing skeleton lyrics for an 8-bar chorus using Chords I & V in the style of a Country and Western Song suitable for an American Line Dance using musical features of Country and Western Music and American Line Dance.
Composing a Country and Western Song for an American Line Dance Staged composition task providing skeleton lyrics for an 8-bar chorus using Chords I & V in the style of a Country and Western Song suitable for an American Line Dance using musical features of Country and Western Music and American Line Dance.
Dance Music - Folk Dance: Irish Jig and Reel Resources
Irish Jig and Reel Study Guide A 5-page Study Guide introducing Irish Folk Dance (Jig and Reel), instruments of Irish Folk Music, Listening Questions and a GCSE-style Listening Question on Irish Jig and Reel.    Contains Teacher’s Notes and Answers.
Irish Jig and Reel Study Guide A 5-page Study Guide introducing Irish Folk Dance (Jig and Reel), instruments of Irish Folk Music, Listening Questions and a GCSE-style Listening Question on Irish Jig and Reel.    Contains Teacher’s Notes and Answers.
Irish Jig & Reel Video 1 - Jig and Reel Dances in Action
Irish Jig and Reel Audio 1 - Irish Folk Music Instruments
Irish Jig and Reel Audio 4 - Beat Grouping in Simple and Compound Times
Irish Jig and Reel Audio 2 - Listening to an Irish Jig and Reel
Irish Jig and Reel Audio 5 - Listening to Irish Jigs and Reels
Irish Jig and Reel Audio 3 - Simple and Compound Time in Suite No.2 (Holst)
Irish Jig and Reel Audio 6 - Listening Question on Irish Jigs and Reels Audio File
Irish Jig and Reel Audio 7 - Carraroe Jig (The Corrs)
Performing “Cooley’s Reel” Binary Form Irish Reel melody in 2/2 time with the option to create a (drone) accompaniment using the chords of E minor and D Major
Cooley's Reel Audio Example
Performing “Kesh Jig” Binary Form Irish Jig melody in 6/8 time with 1st and 2nd time bars in G Major. Pupils create Chords I, IV and V in G Major and create a suitable jig accompaniment.
Dance Music - Improvised Dance: Disco/Disco Music Resources
Performing the Riff and Hook to “I Feel Love” Staged performance activity focusing on the Riff and Hook (using chords I, bIII, IV and V in C Major) of Donna Summer’s disco classic “I Feel Love”.
Performing the Riff and Hook to “I Feel Love” Staged performance activity focusing on the Riff and Hook (using chords I, bIII, IV and V in C Major) of Donna Summer’s disco classic “I Feel Love”.
Performing Disco Riffs from “Night Fever” and “Boogie Wonderland” Featuring Syncopation and Seventh Chords.
Performing Disco Riffs from “Night Fever” and “Boogie Wonderland” Featuring Syncopation and Seventh Chords.
Disco Music Study Guide  A 7-page study guide introducing disco, the origins and influences on disco music, disco dancing, exploring “I Will Survive” in terms of form and structure, harmony (focus on seventh chords), “Four on the Floor” drum rhythms and a GCSE-style listening question on disco.   Contains full Teacher’s Notes and answers.
Disco Music Study Guide  A 7-page study guide introducing disco, the origins and influences on disco music, disco dancing, exploring “I Will Survive” in terms of form and structure, harmony (focus on seventh chords), “Four on the Floor” drum rhythms and a GCSE-style listening question on disco.   Contains full Teacher’s Notes and answers.
Disco Audio 1 - Boogie Wonderland (Earth, Wind and Fire)
Disco Audio 2 - Love to Love You Baby (Donna Summer)
Disco Audio 3 - Precious (Ronnie Walker)
Disco Audio 4 - Funky Stuff (Kool and the Gang)
Disco Audio 5 - I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Disco Audio 6 - Diminished 7th Chords in I Will Survive
Disco Audio 7 - Seventh Chords in I Will Survive
Disco Audio 8 - Four on the Floor Drum Rhythm Example
Disco Audio 10 - Listening Question on Disco Music
Disco Audio 11 - I Feel Love (Donna Summer)
Dance Music - Club Dance Music Resources
Club Dance Study Guide 4-page Study Guide covering the main types, styles and genres of Club Dance Music. All music in copyright, so suggested listening for each genre given which can be found on all usual media sites.
Club Dance Study Guide 4-page Study Guide covering the main types, styles and genres of Club Dance Music. All music in copyright, so suggested listening for each genre given which can be found on all usual media sites.
Creating and Producing a Club Dance Track Creating and Producing a Club Dance Track.  Suggested composition process with outline Form and Structure together with suggestions to producing supporting marketing material (the latter could be useful for cover!)
Listening for Structure and Riffs in “No Limit” by 2 Unlimited Structural analysis of “No Limit” by 2 Unlimited in terms of musical material, riffs, repetition and instrumentation.  Uses a video with structural prompts and questions. Contains answers.
Listening for Structure and Riffs in “No Limit” by 2 Unlimited Structural analysis of “No Limit” by 2 Unlimited in terms of musical material, riffs, repetition and instrumentation.  Uses a video with structural prompts and questions. Contains answers.
Club Dance Video 1 - "No Limit" (2 Unlimited) with sectional prompts
Listening to Club Dance Samples 10 linked audio extracts for pupils to classify as either: Bass Riff Sample (1, 7 & 10), Vocal Riff Sample (2, 4 & 8), Drum Loop Sample (3 & 6) or a  Synth Riff Sample (5 & 9). (Could be useful as a DOITNOW when exploring Club Dance.)
Listening to “Around the World” by Daft Punk Identifying and then sequencing, using a graphic score/table the layers of riffs, sounds and textural layers in “Around the World” by Daft Punk.
Listening to “Around the World” by Daft Punk Identifying and then sequencing, using a graphic score/table the layers of riffs, sounds and textural layers in “Around the World” by Daft Punk.
Club Dance Around the World Audio - "Around the World" (Daft Punk)
Creating and Producing a Club Dance Track Creating and Producing a Club Dance Track.  Suggested composition process with outline Form and Structure together with suggestions to producing supporting marketing material (the latter could be useful for cover!)
Performing “No Limit” by 2 Unlimited Arrangement of the 1990’s early “techno” Club Classic “No Limit” by 2 Unlimited.  Includes riffs and verse along with two “rapped/MC’d” sections, chords (I, IV and V in A minor) and opportunities for pupils to create their own chord patterns, bass line and drum loops to create a performance either based on the original or their own arrangement.
Club Dance Riffs to Perform Riffs from: “Slam” (Pendulum); “Ecuador” (Sash); “Sandstorm” (Darude); “Levels” Avicci; “Poppiholla” (Chicane) with audio extracts of originals.
Club Dance Riffs Audio - Club Dance Riffs Extracts (from originals)
Performing “Rhythm is a Dancer” by Snap Arrangement of the 1990’s early Club Classic “Rhythm is a Dancer” by Snap.  Includes introduction riff, “la, la ooh” riff and melody and lyrics to chorus (constructed on Am, F, G, Am chord sequence throughout).  Optional stretch and challenge to work out melody notes for the Bridge.
Listening to “Levels” by Avicii Listening questions on the Club Dance track “Levels” by Avicii.  Contains answers.
Listening to “Levels” by Avicii Listening questions on the Club Dance track “Levels” by Avicii.  Contains answers.
Club Dance Audio - "Levels" (Avicii)
Dance Music - 5 Minutes Reading Tasks and Cover and Homework Activities
Baroque Dance Suite, Waltz, Tango, Line Dance, Irish Folk, Disco & Club Dance
Baroque Dance Suite, Waltz, Tango, Line Dance, Irish Folk, Disco & Club Dance
Baroque Dance Suite, Waltz, Tango, Line Dance, Irish Folk, Disco & Club Dance
Dances Research Pupils research the internet to identify the type or style of dance from given clues. Requires ICT and internet access.
Dances Research Pupils research the internet to identify the type or style of dance from given clues. Requires ICT and internet access.
Dance Music Word Search 1 Can be done without ICT.
Dance Music Word Search 1 Can be done without ICT.
Dances from Around the World Word Search 2 Can be done without ICT.
Dances from Around the World Word Search 2 Can be done without ICT.
Dance Music - Forms Quizzes (available via the Shop & Add-On Extras page)
Dance Music Forms Quizzes
Dance Music Forms Quizzes

Dance Music (Exploring Rhythm, Chords and Metre in Music for Dance) unit is supported by TWO Forms Quizzes (in both MS-Forms and Google Forms formats) available as part of the Secondary/KS3 Year 9 Units Quiz Bundle from the Musical Contexts Shop & Add-On Extras page.

Each multiple choice quiz is self-marking and worth 25 points and cover Knowledge and Understanding (Part A) and have a Critical Engagement: Listening and Appraising section (Part B) with listening questions linked to YouTube videos.